ERIC Number: ED367401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-27
Harmonizing General Education Programs in Career and Professional Curricula.
The emergence of vocational curricula each with specific proficiencies has led to a new concept of the major dominated by technical rather than liberal learning. Although this has occurred at both two- and four-year institutions, applied curricula tend to disadvantage two-year students more than than their four-year counterparts because of less attention devoted to general as compared to technical education. Open-door institutions like community colleges can rethink general education in specialized curricula in the following three ways: (1) improving distribution requirements to include more general education in career tracks while still complying with accreditation standards; (2) developing interdisciplinary courses to include communication and thinking skills in occupational-technical courses; and (3) extending general education values into applied coursework via writing-across-the-curriculum or including group work, class discussions, essay exams, out-of-classroom projects, and other active learning strategies in technical courses such as accounting or business. Community colleges can encourage a deeper engagement with the liberal arts and encourage greater attention to academic skills such as writing and problem-solving by requiring evidence of their orderly and incremental study in their career and professional programs. Contains 13 references. (BCY)
Descriptors: Career Education, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, General Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Professional Training, Technical Education, Thinking Skills, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Association Commission on Higher Education (99th, Chicago, IL, March 27, 1994).